tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Harrismith. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a person who made arrows, or more specifically the maker of the iron tips for arrows.
Early Origins of the Harrismith family
The surname Harrismith was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Harrismith family
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Harrismith Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Harrismith include Arrowsmyth, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmythe, Arrowsmithe and others.
Early Notables of the Harrismith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harrismith family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harrismith or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Arrowsmith who settled in America in 1718; followed by John in 1734; and Martha in 1737; Thomas Arrowsmith settled in Virginia in 1670; Daniel Arrowsmith settled in Savanna, GA. in 1865..